Senior staff

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Prof. Teresa Montaruli

Full Professor

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My research activity started in 1994 and has mainly concerned Neutrinos and Cosmic Rays. I have been working on atmospheric neutrino oscillations, dark matter and neutrino astronomy in the MACRO experiment at Gran Sasso. We found out that the neutrinos we detected between millions of muons were oscillating more strongly in the vertical upgoing direction than in the horizon. For this I was awarded the Duggal Award.

I continued to work on Neutrino Astronomy in the ANTARES undersea telescope and in IceCube where I mostly concentrating in defining the analysis for searches of time dependent and independent point and extended sources. I started focusing on gamma-ray astronomy and hardware activities in HAWC on the trigger and on photosensors (namely SiPMs). I regretfully left HAWC when I went from the USA to Geneva and I continued the activities on gammas in CTA, where I lead one of the projects for the construction of 70 small size telescopes.

I teach at undergraduate and graduate student level. Our group offers plenty of PhD and Master Thesis opportunities of work.

I am also currently the Chair of APPEC Consortium.

Full CV and Publication list

Publication search from Inspire, CiteSummary with three renowned papers (500+): Discovery of Cosmic neutrinos in IceCube and respective Science paper, discovery of atmospheric neutrino oscillations in MACRO

 

 

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Prof. Domenico Della Volpe

Maître d'enseignement et de recherche

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I am an experimental physicists born as a particle physicist and now interested in astrophysics. I had my PhD measuring the W mass at LEP, but already there I started working on detector operation and Data Acquisition. Soon after I joined ATLAS were I spent most of my time both in detector construction and commissioning and later on as Project manager of the Barrel Muon trigger and coordinator of the ATLAS L1 system.  In 2013, I decided to start  new adventure in astroparticle and I joined the Unige group working on CTA. I was the Project manager of the SST-1M and actually I am the lead system engineer of the LST telescopes.
I am currently also involved in the LHAASO experiment as chair of the Publication committee. I am also the PI of POSICS, a EU funded project through the ATTRACT scheme, on a new medical imaging device.

 

 

 

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Dr. Matthieu Heller

Collaborateur Scientifique

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Matthieu made his PhD at the laboratoire de L’accélérateur linéaire in Orsay on the measurement of the proton-proton total cross section and absolute luminosity with the ATLAS/ALFA detector. He continued this activity as a Marie Curie Fellow at CERN where he also worked on detector development for medical imaging (AX-PET) in the Detector and Technology group. He joined the CTA group at the university in 2014 and acted as the coordinator for the Cherenkov camera realisation. He is now managing the CTA activities within the group and act as a deputy System Engineer for the large size telescope of CTA.

 

 

postdocS

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Dr. Alessandro Carosi

Postdoc

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Dr. Mykhailo Dalchenko

Postdoc

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Dr. Luca Foffano

Post Doc

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Luca graduated in Physics and obtained his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Padova. His disseration entitled "Extreme blazars in a multi-messenger context" was about new selection methods of extreme high-energy peaked BL Lac objects (also named EHBLs) based on multi-wavelenght approaches. He worked in the MAGIC collaboration in the transient and extragalactic groups. He actively worked on the discovery of VHE gamma rays coming from the multi-messenger source TXS 0506+056 detected with the MAGIC telescopes.
He has now joined the CTA group at the University of Geneva, and he is working on the development of the software of LST.

 

 

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Dr. Andrii Nagai

Postdoc

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Andrii`s expertise is Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM). He started his scientific research in field of SiPM devices on 2012 during his M1 internship. He studied SiPM behavior under cryogenic temperatures and for biomedical application during his PhD in Laboratoire de L’accélérateur linéaire in Orsay, France (2013-2016). Also during his PhD, took part in development of small intraoperative gamma camera based on array of SiPM devices. Andrii joined a group in October 2016 and worked in SENSE project–a roadmap for the ideal low light level sensor development.

Currently, he is working in CTA project and ATTRACT: POsition-sensitive SiPMs Compact and Scalable beta-Camera (POSiCS) project.

 

 

PHD STUDENTS

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Cyril Alispach

PhD student

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Cyril joined the group as a PhD student in September 2016. He did his Bachelor and Master in Physics at École Polytechnique Fedérale de Lausanne. Cyril has been strongly involved in the calibration of the first SST-1M camera prototype for CTA. He is starting activities on high-level reconstruction for the CTA using likelihood reconstruction technique and machine learning algorithm. His fields interest are: Astroparticle physics, Python programming, Statistics, Monte-Carlo simulations, Machine Learning and Silicon photomultipliers.

 

 

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Francesco Lucarelli

PhD student

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Francesco is a PhD student that joined our group in January 2019, after graduating at the University of Pisa with a thesis on the possibility of measuring the CP properties of the Higgs boson in the H -> tau tau events with the ATLAS experiment. He is currently involved in neutrino point-source searches with IceCube, the largest neutrino telescope ever realised.

 

 

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Luis David Medina Miranda

PhD student

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David obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of Geneva. His master thesis was related to quantum thermal machines. After that, he decided to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental particle and astroparticle physics. He has working characterizing scintillating fibers for the mu3e experiment. After a couple of year in that track, he was allowed to join the CTA-UNIGE group and since then he has been involved in SST-1M project warming him up to work with the LST collaboration.

 

 

MASTER's STUDENTS

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Ana Ventura Barroso

Master's Student


Graduate on Physics at University of Barcelona, currently doing my master thesis at Universite de Geneve. Working part time at CERN in Solid State Detecor group doing characterization of Low Gain Avalanche Diode (LGAD) and studying timing performance and acceptor removal effects on P-type silicon detectors.

Curriculum vitae

 

 

Previous MEMBERS

Lucia Anna Damone (Postdoc)

Yves Renier (Maître assistant)

Rameez (PhD student)

Victor Coco (Maître assistant)

Anastasia Barbano (Postdoc)

Elisa Prandini (Postdoc)

Enrico Jr Schioppa (Postdoc)

Imen Al Samarai (Postdoc)

Asen Christov (PhD student)

Tessa Carver (PhD student)

Nicolas De Angelis (Master's student)

Stephanie Bron (PhD student)

Stephane Njoh Ekoume (PhD student - Boursier d'Excellence)

Isaac Troyano (Electronic Engineer)

Alessio Porcelli (Postdoc)